Mr. Puhl has worked in nonprofit, for profit, and federal government positions for 25 years, culminating as a Plant Manager for Sodexho Marriott Services. After completing his MBA, he continued accounting studies and passed all four sections of the CPA examination on the first attempt in 2002. He worked as financial controller for small businesses until being called to Active Duty to command the mobilization and demobilization activities at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for two years. After returning to Minnesota, he managed Fairview Health Services $2 billion annual cash flow and $1.6 billion of investments until being selected as Chief Financial Officer for the 2008 Republican National Convention. Following the Convention, he started Cardinals FEC Compliance Services, PLC to provide contribution processing, recordkeeping, and FEC reporting for federal committees. In 2011, he accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Republican National Committee. In 2012, he resumed his work with Cardinals FEC Compliance Services as they added national, state, PAC, and candidate client committees. Dan holds master’s degrees in Business from Metropolitan State University, and Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
*Teaching Specialization: Business Law
Mr. Agnese brings business and legal experience to Texas Health and Science University. Mr. Agnese’s experience includes serving as the sole in-house counsel for Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resorts, with responsibilities related to development projects, acquisitions/dispositions, financing transactions, corporate structure, contract negotiation, and general liability and risk assessment. Prior to Schlitterbahn, Mr. Agnese worked in the commercial real estate industry managing industrial, office, and retail assets, with responsibilities that included portfolio management, capital project and operational budgeting, and financial reporting. In addition to his professional experience in the United States, Mr. Agnese also worked and studied in Japan for 4 years.
Mr. Agnese is active in several local organizations, serving as the President of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County, a board member of the New Braunfels Downtown Board, and a volunteer with Communities in Schools of South Central Texas. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Leadership New Braunfels program.
Dr. Maoyi Cai served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, from 2003 to 2005. He was also the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Cai passed the American and Canadian medical licensing examinations, and was certified as an M.D. in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Between 1990 and 1996, Dr. Cai taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico. Dr. Cai practiced medicine, in the Shanghai Medical University, from 1984 to 1990. Dr. Cai joined the faculty of the Texas Health and Science University in January, 2006. Dr. Cai has been the Academic Dean since 2008.
Mr. Holloway’s professional career spans over thirty years in higher education, primarily in the area of Title IV financial aid administration where he has substantial knowledge in organizing and managing the operations and activities of federal, state, and private financial aid programs. He embraces the enrollment management concept where the enrollment management team (admissions, registrar, financial aid) is an integral part of recruitment, enrollment growth, and retention. He has experience working with for-profit and private not-for-profit institutions. He is very active in training provided by the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), where he has served before on committees with both organizations. He currently serves on a diversity and inclusion committee with the Texas Association of Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA). In addition, he has over ten years of direct experience in Human Resources. He is a member of Delta Mu Delta and Kappa Gamma Pi honor societies.
Dr. Hong has instructed many students since 2008. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Hong has served as academic dean in Korean and English language MSTCM programs, participated in program evaluation, served as campus security officer, and assisted in adoption of several online program management systems. Dr. Hong’s broad experience as a licensed acupuncturist and earned doctorate make him a welcome addition to our core faculty at Texas Health and Science University.
Ms. Sanftner comes to our university with over 15 years of experience in management and customer service including sales, food service and administration. She began her business career assisting the sales training manager at Sears Department store. She then moved into the food service industry and for more than 10 years worked as an assistant general manager, assistant manager, and floor manager in restaurants specializing in both full and counter service. Ultimately, her experience in management and training led her to expand into the field of education. She is now serving as Registrar and part time instructor in the M.B.A. program at Texas Health and Science University.
Mr. Sama is an educator, a mentor, and entrepreneurial mindset practitioner. He is a continuous learner, who strives to add value to individuals and communities. Mr. Sama came from an entrepreneurial family, and he brings a global and diverse perspective to THSU. He is passionate about youth entrepreneurship and leadership. His expertise includes entrepreneurial mindset, experiential learning, and cross-sector collaboration (education, non-profit, and for-profit). Prior to joining THSU, he co-taught several doctoral and undergraduate courses. In addition, he has been mentoring students, high school to doctoral level, in various topics such as self-improvement, academic achievement, professional development, entrepreneurship, and an entrepreneurial mindset. Mr. Sama built a strong and global network of entrepreneurship educators, researchers, and practitioners. He is also a member of United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), Academy of Management, and Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC). He has been a volunteer with Communities in Schools San Antonio (CIS-SA) and CAVALRY (cavalry-united.org) since 2017. Currently, he is serving as the Organizational Development Consultant for CAVALRY. Mr. Sama is a candidate for Ph.D. in International Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word.